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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Deadline Jan. 4th, 2022

Emergency regulation issued, effective Nov. 5th, 2021, requires COVID-19 vaccination of eligible staff at health care facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

The emergency regulation issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today protects those fighting this virus on the front lines while also delivering assurances to individuals and their families that they will be protected when seeking care.

What you need to know:

  • Effective date is November 5th, 2021
  • Deadline to vaccinate is January 4th, 2022
  • The staff vaccination requirement applies to the following Medicare and Medicaid-certified provider and supplier types:
    • Ambulatory Surgery Centers
    • Community Mental Health Centers
    • Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities
    • Critical Access Hospitals
    • End-Stage Renal 2 Disease Facilities
    • Home Health Agencies
    • Home Infusion Therapy Suppliers
    • Hospices
    • Hospitals
    • Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
    • Clinics
    • Rehabilitation Agencies
    • Public Health Agencies as Providers of Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly Organizations (PACE), Rural Health Clinics/Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Long Term Care facilities.
  • Applies to eligible staff working at a facility that participates in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, regardless of clinical responsibility or patient contact.
  • Applies to staff that works offsite.
  • Religious Nonmedical Health Care Institutions (RNHCIs), Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs), and Portable X-Ray Suppliers are not included in these requirements.

Read the full CMS Press Release here.

View the CMS FAQs sheet for more information!